Interview: Bissell’s Omer Kem – part 1

One of the work horses of the peloton, Omer Kem of the Bissell Pro Cycling Team crashed violently on the third stage of the Amgen Tour of Californa and fractured his pelvis. The 26 year-old Oregon native was out with one of the most painful injuries he’s ever faced in his career.

Ten days later, on a Friday afternoon, Kem took some time to share his feelings about his injury and recovery, his path to becoming a pro cyclist and his goals for 2009.

Twitter, facebook and blogs for riders on Men’s US & Canadian UCI teams

There’s been a lot of buzz around the presence of cycling on twitter but there are other avenues to follow the cycling world: blogs (yes still) and facebook to start.

Here’s a start of a list for riders on Men’s Pro/Continental teams registered in the USA or Canada (as per the UCI). Leave a comment or tweet me if you know of any others and I will continue to maintain the list – and will put one together for women’s teams.

Tour of California return is iffy for San Diego

According to the Union-Tribune paper, the return to the San Diego County next year is uncertain due to sponsorship, permitting issues cited by organizers. The organizers were quite pleased with the attendance but the support from the local government needs work, and Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports, compared it to the San Francisco fiasco.…

Rock Racing sweeps Merco Cycling Classic

Following the same scenario, Rock Racing won the second race in the Merco Cycling Classic, with a surprise win by 18-year old Iggy Silva in a bunch sprint ahead of Taylor Tolleson (BMC) and Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell). Taking advantage of the presence of teammate Freddie Rodriguez to force other teams to chase, Silva sat on…

Ina Teutenberg sweeps Merco Cycling Classic

Deja vu all over again. In a repeat of last year’s results by Columbia-High Road,  German Ina Teutenberg swept the Merco Cycling Classic by winning the Foothills Road Race bunch sprint ahead of Brooke Miller (Tibco) and Laura Charameda (All Sport – Team Swift). “Tibco did a good leadout, they gapped Emilia [Fahlin] at the…

Rock Racing goes 1-2 at Merco Cycling Classic Criterium

With a 5-man roster, Rock Racing didn’t let their small number and aggressive racing by other teams deter them from going 1-2 at the Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic Grand Prix on Saturday.  Taking time to celebrate, National Crit Champ Rahsaan Bahati crossed the line first followed by teammate U23 National Crit Champ Justin Williams.…